Atlanta-based Delta Airlines launches flight service to Havana, Cuba today from Atlanta, Miami and New York.
Eric Goldmann of Alpharetta has a seat aboard the first flight from Atlanta.
"You've been staring at a door that's been closed for 55 years, and now it's open," he tells the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Delta's scaled back the fanfare surrounding these flights because Cuba's observing an official mourning period after the death of Fidel Castro. The AJC reports Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed has canceled plans to be on the inaugural flight from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
Delta's the first U.S. airline to open a ticket office in Havana. The airline acknowledges it's been a logistical challenge. It had to fly in all the printers and laptops needed because they're not available in Cuba.
As it stands today, travel to Cuba must fall under one of 12 categories approved by the federal government, including business or religion.
Future ties between the U.S. and Cuba depend on President-elect Donald Trump. Earlier this week, he tweeted he may roll back President Obama's efforts to normalize relations.
"If Cuba is unwilling to make a better deal for the Cuban people, the Cuban/American people and the U.S. as a whole, I will terminate deal," he tweeted.
That's one reason Goldmann wants to fly now.
"People want to know what it's like down there," he tells the AJC.